Friday, January 16, 2009

Tom Hanks is Wrong

On Wednesday night, there was a premiere party for the third season of "Big Love" (which is an awesome show and I can't wait for Sunday night), at which Tom Hanks is reported to have said,

“The truth is this takes place in Utah, the truth is these people are some bizarre offshoot of the Mormon Church, and the truth is a lot of Mormons gave a lot of money to the church to make Prop-8 happen,” he told Tarts. “There are a lot of people who feel that is un-American, and I am one of them. I do not like to see any discrimination codified on any piece of paper, any of the 50 states in America, but here's what happens now."

The United States has a long, rich history of preventing one group of people from doing something that others are allowed to do, going all the way back to the Constitution. The government has made a lot of deals with Native Americans that were then ignored and broken.

Today a lot of states have lotteries that are run by their governments. But private lotteries are mostly outlawed. And of course, police are allowed to break into people's homes all the time. When private citizens do that, they get arrested. Certain groups also have tax-exempt status.

My point is, there are two different sets of rules for all kinds of people. So, as much as I admire Mr Hanks' service in "Saving Private Ryan," I have to respectfully disagree with him. Prop 8 might be wrong, but it is hardly "un-American."

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